Man gets 2 life terms for Va. teenager's slaying
LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) - A man convicted of abducting and killing a Nelson County teenager has been sentenced to two life terms in prison.
Media outlets report that Randy Taylor was sentenced Wednesday in Nelson County Circuit Court. The judge imposed the sentence recommended by jurors who convicted him in the August 2013 death of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. Her body has never been found.
The 49-year-old Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder in commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile.
Murphy was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston. Surveillance video from the gas station showed Murphy's vehicle following Taylor's truck. Murphy's car was found several days later in an Albemarle County parking lot.
LNG FACILITY-WETLANDS LICENSE
Board OKs wetlands license for Cove Point
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a wetlands license for Dominion Resources to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.
The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the license to enable Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River. The company needs the pier to bring in equipment to build the facility.
Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.
Residents of Lusby expressed concerns about the proximity of the planned facility to their homes. They called on Gov. Martin O'Malley to demand a risk assessment be conducted for the proposal. O'Malley is one of three board members. The others are Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.
More honors for Appalachian legend Ralph Stanley
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Appalachian music master Ralph Stanley is being honored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The southwest Virginia legend will be honored by the academy in October in a class that also includes Al Pacino, writers John Irving and Annie Proulx and the man who discovered the Titanic, Robert Ballard.
The Massachusetts academy was founded in 1780 to recognize America's foremost thinkers. Its past members include George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among many others.
Stanley is a Grammy-winning musician and a founding father of bluegrass. He is most widely known from the soundtrack of "O Brother."
Meg Ryan sightings in Va. as star directs film
PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) - Meg Ryan sightings are increasing around central Virginia as the actress prepares to make her debut as a director.
The latest star sighting was in Old Towne Petersburg, where the Progress-Index reports Ryan was seen Wednesday at a restaurant.
She has been seen in Richmond as well as she prepares to film "Ithaca." Ryan will appear in the movie with her 22-year-old son, Jack Quaid.
Tom Hanks is the film's executive producer and reunites the stars of "Sleepless in Seattle," among other romantic comedies.
"Ithaca" is scheduled for a 2015 release.
PIZZA RESTAURANT SLAYINGS
Southwest Va. man gets life for parents' slaying
TAZEWELL, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading no contest in connection with the 2009 slayings of his parents at a pizza shop they operated in Tazewell (TAZ'-wehl) County.
According to media reports, Christopher Dean Looney was sentenced on the capital charges in Circuit Court on Wednesday. His life sentence offers no chance of parole.
Family members appealed to the court that he be spared the death penalty.
The 32-year-old Looney was arrested in February 2013 and charged with killing 52-year-old Harvey Looney and 48-year-old Valerie Looney. The couple was found at their pizza parlor in Claypool Hill.
Their deaths followed an argument over money with their son.
Reward posted after puppies found in Va. dump die
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A reward is being offered for the person or persons responsible for abandoning four newborn puppies at a trash site in Danville.
The puppies died despite efforts by shelter workers to provide them nourishment, including pairing them with a nursing mother cat.
The Register & Bee reports that the puppies were found Tuesday in two bags.
Because the puppies died, their abandonment could be prosecuted under cruelty statutes. The misdemeanor provides for a jail sentence and a fine, or both.
The Danville Area Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible in the abandonment.
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